Archive for Paul James

The Stories Behind the Songs – Part Two

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2017 by segarini

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It’s snowing!!!! Not those big, fat, fluffy flakes where one can almost cover your face. But it’s snowing…. Sigh. The grey, dull days of January with just a mere hint that the sun actually exists…..which begs the question, why doesn’t Bell Canada hold their “Let’s Talk” campaign on Blue Monday? That makes infinitely more sense than say, Robbie Burns Day. Why in heaven’s name would you pick the 25th of January for mental health awareness??? According to a number of sources, the term “Blue Monday” was coined by holiday company Sky Travel in a 2005 press release. Cliff Arnall, at the time a tutor at Cardiff University, had come up with a light-hearted formula to determine the most depressing day of the year which commonly falls on the third Monday in January. It’s now a worldwide phenomena. Everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and the term is used repeatedly by companies and organizations (there’s even a BlueMonday.org) and stories in all sorts of media abound. Newspapers recommend taking the day off, there are various sites that will calculate, on a yearly basis, which Monday is going to be “blue” so you can prepare…..the power of suggestion. Although the entire idea is considered pseudoscience by the scientific community, Blue Monday is not going away anytime soon. Did you know mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue twice as much as any other colour?

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Pat Blythe: For The Love Of The Guitar

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2016 by segarini

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Tuesdays are “writing day”…..supposedly. Then all hell breaks loose. Why can’t it be on Monday, or even Wednesday AFTER I’ve filed my column? Deep breath…..inhale. It’s the exhale I sometimes forget. Okay, crank up the music. Ah, there’s nothing a little two-step around the kitchen floor that won’t cure whatever ails ya. ….and breathe….. Way behind on photo reviews and albums, so much to do, so little time. …and now for the column, something a little different.

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Pat Blythe – Time Flies…Music Soars

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by segarini

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It’s my anniversary!!!! My one-year anniversary writing for DBAWIS!! I cannot believe how fast the time has flown and what a year it has been. A wild and woolly ride full of music, festivals, clubs, bars, a little G&T, dancing, more music and incredible people. Have you ever suddenly blinked and wondered, “Holy shit, what just happened? WHAT the HELL has just happened?” My life, as I knew it, has inexorably changed….almost transformed….I blinked.

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Pat Blythe: Synchronicity….

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2016 by segarini

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Life happens (or maybe it occurs), either way my plans for today’s column were short circuited by a few happenstance events that tumbled into each other this past weekend. A visit, a text, a ticket, a song and two remarkable performances by two gifted artists. One who is just beginning on his journey and another who’s journey began over 50 years ago. This is the blues.

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Segarini: Paul and Leon – On the Deck with Ducks

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2012 by segarini

This originally ran in July of 2011 in an online magazine. Chick Singers etc Part 2 will run next Sunday. I apologize for the delay….this DOES contain a snippet of something we will be getting into in depth next Sunday.

I am not a critic. I’m especially not a Critic. I think the best way to criticize something you personally dislike, especially in the media, is to simply not mention it. Why give something credibility that grates against your grain like fingernails on a chalkboard or ketchup on a perfectly cooked slab of Prime Rib? Truth be told, I AM capable of being a highly sardonic, and mean spirited asshat when it comes to cutting someone or something off at the knees if I find it non-deserving. I do have an opinion, which I have no problem sharing with good friends (those who know me well and understand me and my sense of humour) around a kitchen table or after several drinks in a bar, but which I would rather not blurt out in public, (although occasionally, a really bad guy feeling or an elevated alcohol content will lead me to eviscerate a less-than-satisfying target if I find he, she, or it, annoying enough).

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